England (1509-24) halfgroat
This specimen was lot 3068 in Goldberg sale 87 (Los Angeles, September 2015), where it sold for $446.50. The catalog description noted, "Great Britain. Halfgroat, ND. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Canterbury, Archbishop Warham. A lovely portrait of one of England's most famous monarchs on this attractive coin. NGC graded EF-40." This halfgroat, or tuppence, bearing the bust of the king's father, still looks medieval. The groat was introduced in the late middle ages as increased commerce required a larger coin than the silver penny. This specimen is marked "WA" on the reverse, identifying it as a product of the archbishop's mint at Canterbury. The archbishop died in 1532, studiously avoiding involvement in the king's divorce.
Recorded mintage: unknown.
Catalog reference: S.2343.
- Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, John Lavender, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 87: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.
- Lobel, Richard, Mark Davidson, Allan Hailstone and Eleni Calligas, Coincraft's Standard Catalogue of English and UK Coins, 1066 to Date, London: Coincraft, 1995.
- Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.